Hola! Today, I’m participating in an Influence Network linkup, an opportunity for network members to share where all they live. I’m going to share a little bit of all the places I’ve lived. :)
Greensboro, NC | 1985 – 2004
My family has a long history with Greensboro. My grandparents grew up here, and both of my parents have lived there all of their life. That’s the house I grew up in and came home to throughout college. My room was the top left. I have so many fond memories in Greensboro and love going back to visit.
Boone, NC | 2004 – 2008
I went to school at Appalachian State, and absolutely loved living in Boone. Every time I visit, I well up with nostalgia. The mountains, the weather, the culture — it is unlike any other place in the world.
Silver Spring, MD | 2008 – 2010
After graduation, I got a job and moved to Silver Spring, Maryland. It was a very transitional period in my life: my parents sold our house the weekend before I moved, I just started dating J, and only knew one person in the city. Looking back, I am amazed at how brave I was trying something new and jumping two feet first into the unknown. I learned so much during that season living there. I also adore the area. There is so much to offer! My favorite spots were U Street, Eastern Market and day trips to Annapolis.
Raleigh, NC | 2010 – present
Growing up in North Carolina, I never cared much for this area (affectionally called the Triangle — Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill). So when J got a job here and I decided to move from DC, I admit I had kind of a bad attitude about living here. It seemed a little too flat, too hot, too cookie-cutter for my taste, especially compared to the beautiful rich history in DC and the beautiful landscape in Boone.
That was, of course, a very narrow-minded approach. As I began to explore the area more, I started to really like it. Now, I love it here. It’s home. I love the variety of different cities so close to one another. I love all of the farming communities in the countryside. I love the restaurants. I love the (lack-of) traffic, especially after my DC commuting experience. I love being two hours from the beach and the mountains. But most importantly, I love living so close to both my family and J’s family. Who knows if this will be our forever city, but I certainly won’t complain if it is.
Now it’s your turn — where are you from and where do you live now? I’d love to hear! :)